Friday, July 17, 2009

Art Axis : Ceramic Artists Online

Art Axis is a growing online portal to artists working in the ceramic field. Check it out, you can join at any time.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

I just came across this wonderful video of Pete Pinnell talking about cups. It instantly made me think about my wonderful experience at Cub Creek. Being with a group of wonderful people enthusiastic about what you are passionate about is a lucky and priceless thing. The endless dialogue about art and craft, function and aesthetics, growth and process, where part of what made for a amazing year that and very grateful for.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Ceramic Exhibition by Tom Alward

Greetings and thanks for visiting!
I have been working on a show recently, that is up now for the month of June at the j fergeson gallery in Farmville, VA. "Beneath the Surface," is a series of my work that deals with native Virginia clays and the elemental contrasts of the medium. The presence of natural force, a sense of place, and a reassuring perspective of landscapes are also factors that have influenced me for this show, and my future works in clay. The opening reception will be Saturday, June 13th from 5-8 pm. For more info and photos, please visit the links below.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Check out the Creek on this great google map of wood kilns around the world that Simon Levin has been putting together.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

NCECA 2009

The annual clay conference was held in Phoenix, Arizona this past week. I made the trek out west to attend the plethora of events that were held April 8-11, including a pre-conference in Flagstaff from April 6-7. A smaller and more intimate environment at Northern Arizona University allowed 6 visiting artists to demonstrate and lecture about their work with interaction from the audience. These artists included Christa Assad, Eva Kwong, Don Reitz, Brad Schweiger, Karren Massaro and Russel Wrankle, who all had great and varied voices in their work. The slide lectures givin by the artists toward the end of the event were also a great insight to their experiences with clay.

In Phoenix, there were numerous exhibitions that were in conjunction with NCECA and hosted great ceramic works. I get the most out of seeing these shows, while the lectures and panel discussions in the convention center were nice to drop in on from time to time. Perhaps the best part of my trip out here however, was the opportunity to catch up with friends, teachers, and other artists with such a saturation of ceramics. It was great to re-establish connections and meet new people, while also getting wired to get back in the studio and get my hands dirty.
Until next year, cheers!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Studio Dialogues

Cub Creek has always been a place where studio practice is enhanced by conversation among the residential community. In an effort to develop upon established practice current residents are implement a new project. "Studio Dialogues" is a weekly blog post that relays the best of emerging topics selected by individual residents and investigated through group discussion and research. These dialogues will be posted once a week and cover the topic as it is viewed through the lens of developing artists in residence.

The primary motivation behind this project is to generate high quality discussions relating diverse issues to contemporary practice of ceramic art. The archive of these dialogues will grow as time passes, providing residents and other communities within the ceramic arts an opportunity to follow conversations that prompt inquiry and afford an informative resource through informal publication.

The proposed method suggests that each resident select a topic once every six weeks. Each week one of these topics is posted on our community board and throughout the week the issue is called up for discussion. The key resident who has selected the topic based on personal interest is responsible for researching any details that will better inform the debate however any resident who finds interest is free to conduct their own research. Results of the research and discussions will be compiled by the key resident and posted to this blog. This method affords each resident an opportunity to bring forward a topic of their specific interest once every six weeks and limits the workload of research, drafting and publishing results to a six week schedule.

The first round of topics begins this week and once all residents have established topics they will be posted for readers.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

New Application Process

We have recently updated our application process for prospective residents. All materials can now be sent to This address is for submissions only and questions related to applying can be routed to

The new application can be downloaded from the website. filled out electronically and emailed to the submission address above along with the required images. Applicants can learn more via the link to our site above.

David Bruce : Studio Update

The incessant rains have cleared for a few great days and some much needed drying weather. The images above and below show the cradle constructed for the largest of the stones of my Object+ project. In the background you can see the vertical cradle from which this piece was transferred. Previous posts show the process from table to cradle.

The smaller stones are placed on these beds of foam to be worked and they are slowly transferred for the front bed to the back to the left as the dry and the surface is smoothed. Once they are firm enough to hold their own weight I check the balance of each piece on the black pad to the left and select the location for the small openings that expose the hollow interior.
These stones have been placed in the gas kiln for reduction firing. The remaining work is near completion and will be wood fired in the coming weeks. I am beginning to move on to the larger scope of the work and over the remainder of this month will investigate my approach to the installation.

More images and writings on this work can be seen @ and

The exhibition will be installed beginning April 26, 2009 at J Fergeson Gallery in Farmville Va.

Opening Night Reception : May 9th, 2009 : 5:00 pm - 8:00pm

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

February Wood Firing...

Now that we’re all of the sudden in the middle of March, it seems like February is a distant dream that hardly occurred. How time flies at Cub Creek!
We were able to squeeze in a firing last month, that once again united ourselves as a group and kept our excitement flowing.
The firing went swift and smooth, while unloading proved to be a palette of new information and ideas. Clay bodies, placement of work in the kiln, and firing atmospheres are always challenging variables. We did manage to make a few adjustments in the stacking configuration as well as the primary air and exit flue, that made a substantial and positive difference. However, many of the pots that didn’t turn out are forcing us to learn from our failures and see it as a valuable learning tool.
Currently we are pushing to fire again this month, which will be followed by another in April. The high turnover rate we are achieving by working hard and staying dedicated is becoming a great way to learn and aspire to our goals as residents.
More blogs to be posted on future firings and upcoming events soon... For now we are enjoying the arrival of spring, making work in the studio, and cutting wood like the wind!

Saturday, January 31, 2009

David Bruce : Object+

I have recently returned to the studio and returned to my evolving investigation of the object. To avoid double posting I will refrain from publishing the details of this project.

More can be found on my Blog @

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Birth of A Notion

The voices of Cub Creek's past echo among the walls and pedestals of Quirk Gallery in Richmond, Virginia. Birth of a Notion opened on January 8th and brought with it the smiles of a community. Connected by their passion for ceramic art each of the artists helped to make Cub Creek Foundation what it is today.

Exhibition Dates: January 8th - February 21st.

Organized by:

Steven Glass & John Jessiman

Participating Artists:
Drew Avakian
Val Cushing
Judith DUff
Jeremy Fineman
Shanna Fliegel
Steven Glass
Silvie Granatelli
Scott Hardwig
John Jessiman
Elizabeth Kendall
David MacDonald
Jessica Martinkosky
Ron Meyers
Michelle Miller
Dan Molyneux
Brian Pitney
Donna Polseno
Erin Root
Brad Schwieger
Takuro & Hitomi Shibata
Choi Suk-Jin
Richard Taylor
Jack Troy
John Williams
Hyun Kyung Yoon

Quirk Gallery
311 W. Broad St.
Richmond Va.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

back to the Creek

I just got back to the Creek from the holidays at home. It was nice to see family and friends but I am really glad to be back to work. I forgot how beautiful and refreshingly quiet it is out here. There is nothing better then digging your hands in to some clay after being away from it for too long.

Nora Jean